‘Hate-wear’ & ‘Sadwear’, New Fashion Terms During Lockdown


It cannot be denied, fashion style is one way of expressing yourself. Mixed feelings during the pandemic coupled with lockdown regulations in several countries gave birth to fashion trends that have shades of sadness, stress and frustration.

The ‘hate-wear’ trend was first introduced by the New York Times. This means that clothes are worn because of their function, not because of their style.

“Not knowing how to dress is anyone’s smallest problem. But we (mostly) still have to wear clothes. For those of us who now work from home, it has resulted in some strange choices,” New York Times writer, Reyhan Harmanci, said as quoted by the Guardian.

This medium provides examples of ‘hate-wear’ such as oversized jogging pants, then combined with a sweater. Suddenly this is seen as a symbol of stress and sadness.

Meanwhile Esquire raised the term ‘sadwear’. According to Charlie Teasdale, Esquire’s style editor, ‘sadwear’ describes a collection of fashions that make people feel better when they’re sad and it’s born during lockdown.

The ‘sadwear’ collection includes pajamas, hoodies and jogging pants. You may find some celebrities adopting stress and sadness styles. Singer Harry Styles who wore a Marks & Spencer dress, Justin Bieber in an ‘ill-fitting’ sweatshirt, also 30 Seconds to Mars vocalist, Jared Leto in a beanie.

However, it cannot be denied, that various clothes, both sadwear or hate-wear, feel comfortable to wear, especially when at home. The pandemic that has not yet ended plus a series of lockdown rules to stop the spread of covid-19 has made many people prefer to look for various ways that make themselves comfortable and stress-free during the pandemic. Sometimes, it is this feeling that helps people deal with mental problems during a pandemic.